UFC Fan Expo Amazement! Billy Meets Cain Velasquez! Rashad Evans! Anthony Pettis! Octagon Girls! And More!

Welcome back to Billy Beer(ed)’s Barstool (Yup the beard is still 
there flowing ever so long).  Well, it’s the 4th of July weekend.  All 
the celebrities are off on their big boats enjoying the sun with 
beautiful people.  I on the other hand am off to Vegas for the 2014 
UFC Fan Expo!!!!  What is more American than guys beating each other 
up and amazingly beautiful women.  I know, Right?!  Well off to Vegas 
for a fun filled adventure with my boys Ed, Anthony, and Nick.

Because of the holiday, we weren’t able to leave till midnight Friday 
night.  We finally arrive at 4am not knowing what to really expect.   
This was our first time doing this, so we went straight to the event.   
When we arrived, there were only 3 other people.  Hmmm, maybe a 
little early, but since we didn’t have a hotel yet, we just hung out.   
They had a VIP line too, which got you in an hour earlier and some 
exclusive autograph opportunities.  We just had the regular tickets 
which was fine with me.  Enough small talk, let’s get to the event.

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When we get in there, we run straight to the GSP (Georges St. Pierre) 
line.  OMG!  The line was already huge.  We put our stuff down and wait.   
While we’re waiting, One of the Champs Johny Hendricks walks by us.   
Fans start running over to him.  I held the spots while Ed was nice 
enough to get all 4 of my items I had for him signed.  What a start to 
the day.  It’s been about 40 minutes, and we still haven’t moved.   
They have a VIP line for people who spend over $100 at their booth.   
This is holding up the other line cause so many people have done it.   
I decide to head over to the Octagon Girl’s booth.  There Camila De 
Oliveira and Chrissy Blair were signing.  Both girls were extremely 
nice and signed both my picture and a picture they had for fans 
without pictures.  They also had people for each girl to help with 
taking pictures.  A couple of the many things that put this Fan Expo 
leaps and bounds above other fan expos I’ve attended (you could learn 
something from these guys WWE!).

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Chrissy Blair  UFC-Fan-Expo-Day-1-autograph-signing-photos-rare

When I’m done, the guys tell me they’re getting out of the GSP line.   
It wasn’t going anywhere. Either was I, cause they were bringing in 2 
new Octagon Girls 🙂  Arianny Celeste and Carly Baker. Arianny is 
probably the most recognizable Octagon Girl there is.  I had an 11×14 
for her I was hoping to get signed, and if I was lucky enough, have 
her kiss too.  I thought there would be no chance, but it doesn’t hurt 
to ask.  If she does it, it’s going to look amazing hanging on my 
wall.  Again, the girls were nice,  Arianny really seemed to like her 
phone, but she was running her own booth too, so I’m sure people were 
hitting her up left and right.  When I got up there, she took a 
picture and signed my photo and cards I had for her.  When I ask if 
she could kiss the photo for me, she was super cool about it.   
SUCCESS!!!  That just made my day.  When I get up to Carly, we do the 
same thing.  Why not go for broke.  She too kisses the picture for 
me.  WOW!!  Why didn’t I think of this a long time ago!
     
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Arianny Celeste  UFC-Fan-Expo-Day-1-autograph-signing-photos-rare

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While I was waiting in line, I notice Rashad Evan at the video game 
booth.  He went to MSU, and I brought my MSU jersey to try and get a 
photo-op with him.  After I’m done with the ladies, I put my jersey on 
and wait.  I know he had to be at another signing soon.  When he comes 
down, I walk over to him, but they are kinda rushing him. He did sign 
one of my pictures which was cool of him.  He was one of the main guys 
I wanted to get this weekend.  Still have to work on that photo-op 
though.

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I meet up with the boys who are in line for another Champ, Anthony 
Pettis.  For those of you who don’t know who he is, I’m sure you’ve 
seen probably one of the sickest highlights EVER of him running up the 
side of the cage to kick his opponent in the head.  Unfortunately, he 
leaves about 15 people before we’re up.

With the help of Ed (again) I followed the sponsor on Twitter and got 
to do a meet and greet with the next fighter former Champ (only due to 
injury did he lose the belt) Dominick Cruz.  He showed up a little 
late, but made up for it by not rushing through the thing.  He sat 
talked to us, signed whatever we had and commented about them.  I got 
a picture and 4 other cards signed.  This was followed by pictures.   
Since I HATE the fist up pose, I asked if we could take a picture 
thumb wrestling.  He was totally down with it, and even got into it a 
bit.

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Dominick Cruz UFC-Fan-Expo-Day-1-autograph-signing-photos-rare

When I’m done, I’m told that Pettis is signing at another booth and 
the line is short.  Well when I get there, it is, but he also doesn’t 
have much time left there.  They inform me that the line is cut off, 
but if I want to still wait, that’s fine.  Then they say they are only 
doing a photo or a graph. This is the fine since they want to get as 
many people through as possible.  Luckily, the line moves fast and I 
get my picture signed, and he’s even nice enough to sign two cards for 
me.

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Pettis UFC-Fan-Expo-Day-1-autograph-signing-photos-rare

So while Anthony and Nick go for Cain Velasquez, Ed and I go back to 
the ladies.  This time Kahili Blundell (Australian Octagon Girl) and 
Jhenny Andrade (Brazilian Octagon Girl) were signing.  Now a friend of 
mine had told me about Kahili, but OMG!!!!  If you meet this beautiful 
lady and don’t walk away with a huge crush on her, then something is 
wrong with you!!!  She signed my photos, gave me another photo, and 
posed for a picture that I’ve probably gone back and looked at a 
million times.  I didn’t want to leave, but Jhenny was waiting for 
me.  Seriously, it’s like I’m in heaven and I’m running through a 
gauntlet of angels!  Jhenny is the cutest little thing signing for me 
and also taking a picture.

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Kahili Blundel UFC Fan Expo Day 1 autograph signing photos rare     7

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I don’t want to leave, but we head over to meet with The other boys.   
Then all of a sudden, they want to interview Ed.  This is amazing in 
itself cause he just met two beautiful ladies, and now he has to speak 
into the camera.  Well, lets just say he told them he met Johny 
Henderson, and couldn’t remember Jhenny’s name cause he was so nervous.
   
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When we get to the other guys, they are still in line for Cain.  We 
jump in there with them and wait.  Cain is the Heavyweight Champion.   
Here’s another reason I love this Expo.  We are meeting the best 
fighters out there.  None of them are “too good” to sign for there 
fans.  Cain is at booths signing AND taking pictures from 10-5 with 
only a 30 minute break.  Show me a boxer that does that, actually show 
me any athlete at the top of their league that does that!  Much 
respect!  When we get up there, he’s very chill.  He signed a picture 
and 2 other cards for me, AND took a picture.

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Cain UFC Fan Expo Day 1 autograph signing photos rare     7

Cain UFC Fan Expo Day 1 autograph signing photos rare     7

Next we head over to the Showgun Rua line.  Honestly, this was 
probably the longest we waited in line for someone, like an hour.  But 
this guy is a legend that is still fighting top notch opponents at a 
high level.  The wait was worth it.  Even though the guy was trying to 
push people through with only a picture or graph, it was only going to 
deaf ears.  Showgun signed both my cards, a promotional picture, and 
still took a fun picture with me.  Class act!

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The day is starting to come to an end, but we decide to try for two 
more legends Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell.  We make it just in time.   
They are trying to get them out of there, but these guys just keep 
signing making their fans happy.  I get both fighters on pictures and 
cards.  and attempt a selfy with Matt.  Probably a flop, but oh well.

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matt hughes UFC Fan Expo Day 1 autograph signing photos rare     7

The day is done.  Time to go watch the fights and have a much needed 
beer!!!  WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!  While walking to the car we see Ian 
McCall walking to the fight.  I run to him and ask him to sign a 
couple of cards for me.  The whole time, he’s asking us how things are 
going, are we having fun.  SERIOUSLY!  Dude couldn’t have been nicer.   
He’s on his way to the fight, and stops and has a conversation with 
us.  I already liked him cause of the stash, but he just moved up 
higher on my list!

UFC Fan Expo Amazement! Billy Meets Cain Velasquez! Rashad Evans! Anthony Pettis! Octagon Girls! And More!

Next spot Clay Guida taking pictures with people.  I jump in that line 
too.

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Talk about taking care of your fans.  Alright finally to the car, see 
you for day two!!!

Oh wait, I forgot… The ladies love the Billy Beard!

UFC Fan Expo Amazement! Billy Meets Cain Velasquez! Rashad Evans! Anthony Pettis! Octagon Girls! And More!

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